“As President Obama prepares to leave office, Native Americans hold their breath. The level of representation and visibility Obama has offered Natives is unprecedented in the history of our federal government… It is imperative, then, that whoever is put in the White House next is committed to tackling the issues that plague Native communities. Which is why Bernie Sanders could be Native Americans’ best bet for 2016.” J. Brammaer, BNR
Excerpt: Is Bernie Sanders Native Americans’ Best Bet for 2016? John P. Brammaer, BNR
“Native Americans are the group most likely to be killed by police. More than one in four Natives lives in poverty. Alcoholism, domestic violence, and crime run rampant in reservations across the country. A big plus for Natives is that Sanders has consistently been in favor of Native American sovereignty.
He believes Natives should have the right to prosecute under their own legal system non-Native persons who commit crimes on reservations. In keeping with this, he voted in favor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which would give tribal governments jurisdiction over domestic violence crimes.
He also stands with Native Americans in their opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bisect Lakota lands…Sanders voted in favor of Healthcare for Indigenous Peoples, which sought to address issues preventing Natives from obtaining health care.
Talking about the wishes of Native Americans when it comes to the federal government can be tricky…But what remains clear is that the president of the United States can do a lot of good for Native communities. Obama proved that.
And as it stands right now, Bernie Sanders has proven to be the candidate that Natives would stand to benefit the most from if he were to take office.
My hope is that Hillary Clinton, still the most likely nominee for the Democrats in 2016, takes notice of this…Our indigenous peoples are speaking, and I hope all of our presidential candidates are willing to listen.”
“Bernie Sanders respects and values Native Americans and believes the U.S. needs to support and work with our First Americans to improve their standard of living.”~Natives For Bernie~